Lutherie instructionI am currently only offering french polishing instruction, as I have a fairly long wait list for my custom made guitars.
1)French Polishing - One on one:
There exists a huge amount of misinformation on the art of French polishing. The first myth I’d like to challenge is that French Polishing is an extremely time consuming, labour intensive way to finish the guitar.
Once you know the basic principles of French polishing, you’ll discover that achieving a flat, high gloss finish that looks simply stunning, is not too difficult to learn, and that it also takes no more time than certain other finishing methods. The best way to learn French polishing is neither from a book nor from a video, but in person, from someone who does it well.
This one on one class is intended for people who really want to bring their French polishing to a professional level, and is well suited for guitar makers and fine furniture makers. The people I’ve taught this course to in the past have been guitar makers who could French polish a little bit, achieved OK results, but needed help to get their French polishing up to a high professional standard.
In this session you will learn:
• How to prepare the surface of the woods for finishing
• How to fill the pores using the traditional pumice method, plus a few modern alternatives
• How to use egg whites as a sealer
• How to prepare and use different types of shellac depending on the look you’re after
• How to build up the body coats, and correct problems as they arise
• How to spirit off, and rub-out the finish
• How to French polish difficult areas of the guitar
• How to repair dings and worn areas of the finish
Cost: $400 Time: 8 hours
This class can be done in one long day, or over 2 half days.
If you’re interested in taking this class please contact me, Marcus Dominelli, and we'll work out a time to do this.
2)French Polishing class at Lee Valley Tools:
I teach French polishing at Lee Valley Tools in Victoria, B.C. two or three times a year. A friend who works there asked me to start teaching there, and the classes have been really popular. It seems as though many people want to learn how to french polish, not just guitar makers. I've had boatbuilders, furniture makers, piano restorers, luthiers, and many others take this class.
The next class will likely be in the fall of 2019. It’s a good class if you want to learn the basic principles of how to French polish. You can bring in your unfinished guitar, or one that needs touch up and I’ll teach you how to work on it.
Cost: $70 approx. Number of students in class: max 10
Time: 7 hours (in one day)
This is a good class to take in order to learn the basics of French polishing. Everything from mixing shellac, making pads, pore filling, bodying, to rubbing out the finish is discussed in detail.
This is a hands-on class. To register, you must contact Lee Valley Tools in Victoria.